Wednesday, 10 June 2020

May BBQ & Snacking Degustabox

Sun's out, BBQs are out. A couple of weeks ago it was a National BBQ week, and many households have enjoyed their meals al fresco. 
While I like the taste of BBQed dishes, I am not a fan of smoke and smell of burnt food, so we just don't bother with it. Having meals in the garden, on the other hand, is really lovely, especially in the shade of a big tree, or a parasol. 
May BBQ & Snacking Degustabox was brimming full of snacks and condiments to enjoy, whether you're keen on BBQs or avoid them.

Degustabox is a monthly food and drink subscription box. It's an excellent way of discovering new products which have only just appeared in the shops, or those which have been around for a while, but you haven't had a chance to try them yet.
Thanks to Degustabox, I have found new favourites to add to our shopping list, including some products which I probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Each time the monthly box arrives, its contents are a total surprise. You get a good selection of foods and drinks.

If you haven't tried Degustabox subscription box yet, and would like to have a go, I have a £3 off discount from your first box (and you can unsubscribe any time), just use code DKRLN when you place an order.

What did we receive in May BBQ & Snacking Degustabox?

food box, Chez Maximka

There was a lot of excitement about the chocolate and jelly.
Hartley's Juicy Jelly Pouches (£2.79) are pouches of wobbly jelly. Super convenient for kids (and less messy to eat). Made with real fruit juice and under 100kcal, it's a lovely sweet snack on the go, or a lunchbox treat.
Available in the major supermarkets.

jelly for kids, Chez Maximka

Lindt Lindor Milk Bar (£0.85) is the ultimate milk chocolate bar, smooth, creamy and moreish. It's the perfect combination of the finest Lindt milk chocolate with a smooth melting filling, crafted with expertise and passion by master chocolatiers.
This bar is also available in Orange and Mint.
Available in all major retailers, and online at

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Barebells Hazelnut & Nougat Protein Bar (£2.50) is a milk chocolate coated protein enriched bar with hazelnuts and nougat. A tasty snack, to have after gym or with a cup of tea.
It contains 20g of protein per bar. No added sugar, 205kcal per bar.
Available at Sainsbury's, Holland & Barrett and Amazon.

Chez Maximka, protein bars for body-building

YES! snack bars (£2.99) are wholesome snacks, a mix of fruit and nuts and chocolate. They are wrapped in recyclable paper packaging.
A good source of protein and fibre, these tasty bars are a handy snack to carry in a bag for when you're feeling peckish or as an addition to a lunchbox.
Multipacks are available at ASDA and Morrisons.

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Mission Street Tacos (£1.20) are soft tacos in the signature recipe, ready to fill and fold for street style eating.
These wheat flour tortillas are ready to enjoy, and are also suitable for home freezing to eat at a later date. Typical values: 68kcal per taco.
We received two packs in the box - Original and Mex Chilli and Lime.
Available now in Morrisons and Sainsbury's.

Chez Maximka

For my younger son I made soft tacos with meatballs, sweet peppers, BBQ sauce and cheese.
I also made some vegetarian tacos with grilled vegetables and grated cheese.
I still haven't used the second pack, it's in the freezer, but have an idea of making taco chips (baked in the oven with oil and spices).

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We do love BBQ sauce, and were happy to receive a bottle of Bull's Eye Original BBQ sauce (£2.49). It's sweet and smokey, perfect for all kinds of sandwiches, burgers, chips or even pasta.
I enjoy it with a grilled cheese sandwich, it adds a lovely sweet flavour and spice.
Available in major supermarket chains.

Chez Maximka, best BBQ sauce

Hellmann's Fat Free Vinaigrette/ Classic House Salad Dressing (£1.65 each) disappeared very fast, as it's a season of salads. These handy bottles could be used in a variety of salads, adding flavour and zing, without the unwanted fat, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Available in all major supermarket chains.

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Moving onto the drinks:
Beronia Rioja Crianza 18.75cl (£2.99 for 18.75cl or £11.79 for a 75cl bottle) is made predominantly from Tempranillo, complemented by Granacha and Mazuelo. It's intensely fruity, with blackberry and strawberry notes and hints of vanilla and spice from ageing in mixed French and American oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.
Available at Waitrose & Ocado and Tesco.
I'm planning to make a small batch of red wine jelly with it, to serve with cheese and crackers.

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XITE Energy Drink (£1.49) is a healthier alternative to the energy drinks that are currently out there.
Made with natural caffeine and flavours to create a refreshing boost to help you stay focused through the day. These energy drinks are zero sugar and use as little unnecessary ingredients as possible.
Available at Holland & Barrett, WHSmiths.

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And finally we got two tins of Skinny Tonic Water (£0.75) - Indian (a Botanical blend of Sicilian lemon, bitter orange and thyme) and Mediterranean (a Botanical blend of fresh citrus, thyme, floral and sweet basil notes).
Available in BOOTHS, Amazon and online.

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  1. Like you I am not a fan of BBQ. I like the flavour and I pick vegan BBQ flavoured fake meats, which are always lovely. That fat-free vinaigrette sounds really nice. I will look for it.

    1. Thank you, Anca, the vinaigrette is very handy to have in the kitchen, though most of the time I mix my own. But I liked the flavour of this one too.